Monday, May 2, 2011
April Showers Bring May (Wild)Flowers
We had a few good rain showers this year and the flowers in the desert have been nice, although not spectacular like they've been in previous years. When we get heavy winter rain, the wildflowers between Phoenix and Tucson become so vibrant it's like the sky dumps watercolors onto the desert from some giant paint tray. Pinks, yellows, reds, purples--the color is enough to sting your eyes!
This time of year, though, I always miss the lilacs and peonies that we had in the garden where I grew up outside Chicago. I can still smell them, especially the peonies, pink and white creamy flowers as big as grapefruits that grew all lopsided against our garage.
In grade school, my sisters and I use to pick them, wrap the stems in paper towels and then wrap another layer of aluminum foil around the stems. Then we'd carefully carry them to school to our favorite teachers (that would be you, Miss Berry and Miss Bone!) during the beginning of May every year. A lot of kids did.
What a beautiful day today!